Doug and Martha Purcell of Linnsburg will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Friday, Feb. 5 at Eastside Baptist Church from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The couple kindly requests the omission of gifts. “Your presence is their gift,” they said.

Mr. and Mrs. Purcell were married on Feb. 4, 1966 by Justice of the Peace Larry Kadinger in his home.

Mr. Purcell is retired from Acuity Lighting where he was in the maintenance department. Mrs. Purcell, the former Martha Smith is a retired print clerk from Random House.

They have two children, David (Stacey) Purcell of New Milford, Conn. and Mark (Erin) Purcell of Greenwood. They also have two grandchildren, Morgen and Madison, both of New Milford.